bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent
equilibrium (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)
Stress is our natural way of responding to the demands of our ever-changing world.Although
we all experience change and demands regularly, the way that we interpret these internal and external changes directly affects the degree to which we feel stress. As a result, not all individuals interpret the same events as stressful; what may seem stressful to you may not be the same for your best friend, and vice versa.
"Pressure and stress is the common cold of the psyche"
Although some stress is a natural and inevitable part of our lives, feeling burdened or unable to cope can be problematic and can seriously affect your mental and physical well-being.3 Constantly being exposed to stressful situations can be over-stimulating and if we are constantly feeling stressed, we may begin to feel unable to manage the problems at hand. In order to avoid situations in which we feel “overloaded,” we must first identify what stresses us, what our threshold for stress is, and how we can most effectively manage stressful
"Stress is when you wake up screaming and you realize that you haven't fallen asleep yet."
" There are thousands of causes of stress and one antidote to stress is self expression."
Many external and internal factors can cause stress.
• Environment – We all have highly individual responses to the world around us. One person may feel equally comfortable in a small town and a big city whereas another person may be overwhelmed by a city’s noise, intense pace, and crowded streets.
• Events – From taking final exams to introducing your significant other to your family, many situations can lead to stress. Some examples of stressful events include personal or family illness, increased work load, roommate conflicts, and more. Multiple events often combine and can leave you feeling weighed down.
• Expectations – Many of us demand a lot from ourselves and from others. Examples of
expectation-related stress include receiving lower grades than expected and not getting certain internships or jobs. Stress has a close link with perfectionism
Am I stressed?
Before being able to identify stressors (the things that make us stressed in the first place), it is important to identify whether or not stress has become a problem in your life. Take note of any emotional and physical changes that you have recently experienced:
• Are you irritable?
• Are you easily upset over small events?
• Are you feeling isolated or withdrawn from your peers
and loved ones?
• Are you unhappy with yourself? (i.e., do you have
feelings of worthlessness?)
Physically, are you experiencing.
• Irregular eating?
• Difficulty breathing?
• Low energy?
• Lack of concentration?
• Loss of interest?
I'm stressed... what do i do Now?
"In times of stress, be bold and valiant."
"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."
1. Create Mind & body Balance
- Practice Deep Breathing
- Eat Well
2. Positively Adjust your Attitude
- Know and respect your limits
- Be an advocate of yourself instead of a critic
- Visualize Success
3. Reach Out
- Shift your focus
- Talk to others
- Explore your spiritual side
"Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency."